Washington, Feb 11(ANI): US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced that the next Independence variant littoral combat ship will be named after former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt last year.
Giffords was shot in the head in January 2011 by a gunman outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona.
"I am pleased to honor Gabrielle Giffords and the people of Arizona with the naming of this ship," The Los Angeles Times quoted Secreatary Mabus, as saying.
"Giffords and the ship's sponsor, Roxanna Green, are sources of great inspiration and represent the Navy and Marine Corps qualities of overcoming, adapting and coming out victoriously despite great challenges," he added.
His statement came after Giffords visited the White House where she watched as President Obama signed into law the final bill that she had introduced as a congresswoman.
Giffords retired last month from Congress and politics to focus on her recovery.
The construction of the 419-foot-long ship will be led by Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile, Alabama. (ANI)
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